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Job seekers line up for a job fair.

Iowa's closed September with unemployment rate of 2.5 percent, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The Hawkeye State’s unemployment rate was 2.4 percent in September 2018.

IWD Director Beth Townsend said that the state’s labor force participation rate has steadily increased with nearly 8,000 more Iowans in the workforce since two months ago, but many job vacancies remain.

“Iowa’s labor force participation rate has steadily increased with 7,900 more Iowans in the workforce since August,” Townsend said according to KIMT-3. “Although unemployment remains low for our state, there are still tens of thousands of positions open. During the Future Ready Iowa summits, many employers and community members have come forward with innovative solutions for recruiting skilled workers and retaining them in the state. We look forward to hearing more from employers during the remaining summits, in which you can still register at FutureReadyIowa.gov/registration.”

IWD Deputy Director Ryan West said that September was the third month at 2.5 percent after a full year in which it was at 2.4.

West echoed Townsend’s remarks about the state having thousands of open job positions. He added that the number of unemployed Iowans increased to 44,200 in September from 43,800 in August.